2002 Daihatsu Sirion SL 1.3 from UK and Ireland
The most overlooked super-mini. What a shame!
Faulty indicator stalk switch.
Tendency to jerk and stall when undertaking very slow manoeuvres (e.g. three point turn and traffic jams).
This car is serious fun to drive.
Performance is the best feature, nothing else under £11000 can touch this car! Top speed 112mph (the best I've managed is 95mph so far) and can hit sixty in under 10 seconds.
Wonderfully unique styling, a real breath of fresh air compared with the Ford Ka and Fiesta's hideous sharp edged styling.
Only one downside is the drab interior filled with cheap plastics and drab cloth seats.
Good economy from such a powerful car, with a regular return of 40 - 50mpg. Not bad for a car with 100 horses on tap!
Good driving position, with excellent visibility thanks to the high up driving position.
I cannot believe how few of these cars are around. It's the best bargain under £10K.
If you want to stand out from the mundane super-mini crowd, opt for the Daihatsu as it's so different.
The only modern car apart from the Mini with a character and personality.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th September, 2003
I would agree with the writer of this review, I have one this past two years,and I think its great. It was my wife's car originally however I took it over and boy was I surprised. One flaw I am having with it is the clutch, but apart from that it's a great car.
I have owned Daihatsu cars for the past 4 years, starting with a 1989 Charade, then a 1997 Charade F2 and at the moment a 2001 GTVI.
Apart from the low steering wheel position on the GTVI I cannot fault the styling or performance.
I am amazed that more of these very reliable cars have not been sold.
What a fantastic car; I don't have a negative thing to say about it. I bought mine 18 months ago (June 2004) and haven't looked back.
A total bargain, 100% reliable, economic, and boy is it quick! Tried it out for top speed recently (I know I shouldn't) and made it easily to 115mph.